Friday, October 24, 2014

Assessing Personal Narratives of Preschool and School Aged Children

Hi There, it's Tatyana of Smart Speech Therapy LLC  and the newest member of the Speechie Freebie family. Today I want to talk about narrative abilities. 

Did you know that narrative language skills have routinely been identified as one of the single best predictors of future academic success? (Bishop & Edmundson, 1987; Feegans & Appelbaum 1986) Or that poor discourse and narrative abilities place children at risk for learning and literacy-related difficulties including reading problems? (McCabe & Rosenthal-Rollins, 1994). Language produced during story retelling is positively related to bilingual reading achievement (Miller et al, 2006) while narrative analyses help to distinguish children with Language Impairment (LI) from their Typically Developing (TD) peers (Allen et al 2012). 

This is why I created my freebie Assessing Personal Narratives of Preschool and School Aged Children available HERE.  Based on the work of Bliss and McCabe (2012) this presentation does exactly that: describes how to assess personal narratives of preschool and school-aged children.

Slide content includes information on:
·         Why Assess Narrative Abilities?
·         The Value of Narratives
·         Narratives and Language Features
·         Advantages of Informal Narrative Assessments
·         Types of Narratives: Hedberg and Westby (1993)
·         Analysis of Personal Narratives (Bliss & McCabe, 2012)
·         Personal Narrative Elicitation
·         4 Patterns of impaired narration as well as
·         Cultural Considerations to Personal Narratives
o    African American Children
o    Latino Children
o    Asian Children
·         Chart: Questions for Implementation of the Narrative Assessment Profile (Bliss, McCabe, & Miranda, 1998)
·         References
·         Helpful Resources

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